"Quantifying the leading role of the surface state in the Kondo effect of Co/Ag(111)"

Who: Joaquín Fernández, Centro Atómico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro, CNEA

Place: Donostia International Physics Center

Date: Friday, 23 November 2018, 12:00

Using a combination of scanning tunneling spectroscopy and atomic lateral manipulation, we obtained a systematic variation of the Kondo temperature TK of Co atoms on Ag(111) as a function of the surface-state contribution to the total density of states at the atom adsorption site ?s. By sampling the TK of a Co atom on positions where ?s was spatially resolved beforehand, we obtain a nearly linear relationship between the magnitudes. We interpret the data on the basis of an Anderson model including orbital and spin degrees of freedom [SU(4)] in good agreement with the experimental findings. The fact that the onset of the surface band is near the Fermi level is crucial to finding the observed linear behavior. In light of this model, the quantitative analysis of the experimental data evidences that at least a quarter of the coupling of Co impurities with extended states takes place through the hybridization to surface states. This result is of fundamental relevance in the understanding of Kondo screening of magnetic impurities on noble-metal surfaces, where bulk and surface electronic states coexist.

Host: Nicolás Lorente

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